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Ken Duke wins Travelers Championship in playoff

First tour victory comes at age 44

CROMWELL, Conn. — When you’ve waited so long and gone through so much to position yourself for a PGA Tour win, what’s a few extra holes and a whole bunch of drama?

Ken Duke was diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager, and was medalist in a high school district tournament while wearing a back brace. He’d been close to winning on tour before, finishing second three times, but was the epitome of a journeyman: Spending way more time off the tour than on, competing in unglamorous locales and obscure events, since becoming a professional golfer 19 years ago.

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